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on 20 September 2013
It's a little hypocritical of me to review books when I know I wouldn't be able to do any better, but with that said however, I read Karin Slaughter's books because of the high standards she sets in what is quite often a poorly written genre. This story unfortunately, is below par. I accept that Ms Slaughter wants to provide more than just the gore-fest provided by many other crime writers , but Unseen contains far too much navel gazing in what should have been an exiting whodunit. The pace never seems to rise beyond pedestrian thanks to the innumerable stops along the way to examine some Lena/Will/Sara motivation or inner turmoil, and the switching back and forward in time to present Lena's viewpoint doesn't help either. Consequently, when a shocking incident does occur it fails to invoke the response it should. Toss in some lazy clichés, for example <<like most bullies, he had a glass jaw>>, and the book starts to become quite a tedious read.
The final nail in the coffin ('scuse the cliché!)is how quickly the baddie becomes apparent - as soon as the character is introduced in fact. Overall there's a good story going on but perhaps it's time for a new editing team.
Please Karin, I loved your detour to the darker side in Triptych, and the introduction of Will Trent, but, sadly, I feel that Unseen is a poor example of your previously enjoyable work.
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